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I found this recipe in The Classic Zucchini Cookbook.
I highly recommend this cookbook, especially if you have zucchini growing in your garden.
There was a funny joke – Why do New Yorkers (or wherever you’re from) have to lock their car doors every August?
To keep people from filling their cars with zucchini of course!
When I told my Mother that joke, she laughed and told me that my Aunt used to put zucchini in people’s cars down in Pennsylvania.  So it’s a joke based on truth!!

My baking mess!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

1-3/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease two 5×9-inch loaf pans.
2. Combine the sugar, eggs, and oil in a large bowl.  Beat until well blended.  Stir in the zucchini and vanilla
3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking powder.
4. Add the flour mixture to the zucchini mixture and stir just until blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
5. Bake the loaves for 1 hour, or until a tester inserted in the centers comes out clean.
6. On wire racks, cool the breads in the pans for 10 minutes.  Invert onto the racks and cool completely.

Makes 2 loaves

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Lately someone I know keeps coming out with the comment “That doesn’t inspire me.”
She wants to go to certain places to be creative and then when she arrives at the destination isn’t inspired.

Some things that inspire me are:

  • Intelligent People
  • Architecture
  • Music
  • Landscapes
  • Human Behavior
  • Children
  • Food

So I ask the question “What inspires you?”

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about some serene and relaxing pictures.  I asked what you think you’d say on your deathbed. I showed you Isabella enjoying the nice weather.  I gave you my list of some things I hate that everyone else seems to love.  Last but certainly not least, I introduced you to my good friend and 50/50 Goddess Kristine.  If you missed any of these feel free to click the links and comment away 🙂

The Weekly Read: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Everything – it was interesting for sure.  It may have even given me a few ideas for future blogs 🙂

The Weekly Music: Shawn played Lump by The Presidents of the United States of America on Rock Band

The Weekly Movie: We took Michael’s daughter to see  How To Train Your Dragon.  We all really liked the movie.

The Weekly Test Drive: Michael & I went out and test drove Smart cars.   I tried the Smart ForTwo Passion Coupe and he drove the Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet.  It was a fun little car and more affordable than I thought they would be.  Michael blogged about it with pictures here.

The Weekly Downer: Lack of $$$ to do fun stuff 😦

The Weekly Tea: Sweet Tea from McDonald’s

The Weekly Food: Shake ‘N Bake Pork Chops with Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli with cheese sauce!

The Weekly Amazing Fact: According to OMGFacts – Make a fist with your left hand, squeeze your left thumb, then put your right index finger down your throat. NO GAG REFLEX.

The iPod Touch Birthday Cake

The Weekly Birthdays: Tony Caico, Scott Tears, Phil Jorczak, Rich Rheaume, Alana Zoe Faveron, Mark VanVlack, Stacie Totman, and an extra special BIG 4-0 to my pal Jason “JY” Young!!  I hope you all had awesome birthday’s.  Did you do anything special??

The Weekly Craft: Still crocheting a scarf for the Relay for Life Event!

The Weekly new friends I’ve made on Twitter: Project Runway, Smart, iZoca, Alex’s Lemonade, No Neck, Steve Keator, and Kelly Harris.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Weekly Grand Totals: HOLY CRAP!! As I’m writing this the Pittsburgh Penguins are going into their 3rd OT tied 3-3 against the Ottawa Senators!!!  And I swear my dog Isabella is actually watching the game!!  UPDATE: Damn it, the Pens lost 3-4….

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: When you are really hungry, and it’s 11:30PM, what do you make to eat?

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The Weekly Anniversary: Michael & I – Tuesday was 4 years!!
I wrote my anniversary blog Duck… Duck… No Goose!!
Michael wrote his anniversary blog With This Rose…

Michael & I

The Weekly Read: Soap Opera Digest

The Weekly Music: Kim mentioned the song “That’s What Friends Are For” on Facebook the other day.  That song reminds me of an assembly in elementary school when our school principal Mr. Lewis was retiring.  The student body sang it to him 🙂  Suzanne Rielly-Werbeck remembers it too!

The Weekly Movie: Heist while I wrote my heist movie blog.

Danielle & Brianna

The Weekly Yay!!: My friend Danielle’s daughter Brianna has leukemia and really wanted to win a contest through Jamz 96.3 to go bowling with Justin Bieber.  I didn’t have enough notice to get it up here on my blog, however I posted it up on Facebook and Twitter and she got enough votes and she won the contest!!  Thank you Jamz!!

Brianna is 2nd from the left ~ Bieber is in the middle.

The Weekly Time Waster: Saratogian Job Fair – See Michael’s blog….

The Weekly Schadenfreude: Joe Biden telling Obama “This is a big F*#king deal” and the microphone catching it….

The Weekly Food: We ate well this week 🙂  Broccoli, yellow & red peppers, garlic, parsley, zucchini, chicken, and chicken broth over bowtie pasta / Nachos / Chicken with mushrooms over rice / Duck with plum sauce along with mashed potatoes and gravy / chicken milanese from Bellini’s Italian Eatery

The Weekly Amazing Fact: A giraffe can clean it’s ears with it’s 21-inch tongue!!

Giraffes

The Weekly Birthdays: Stephanie Castronova Farina, Patrick Onufer, Katy Cagle, Amy Lynn Hunt, Meghan Touhey Santucci , Jessica Hainor-Bucci , Jodi Bridges, Tim Sorsdahl, Stephen Piorkowski, Matt Essery, Markus Armstrong, Kelly Humphries, and Mark LoseeI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly Craft: Learned the treble crochet stitch 🙂

The Weekly Activity: Searching for duck.  Finding a fresh duckling to make for dinner isn’t always an easy task.  I think we called about 6 places looking for one before someone had them 🙂

The Weekly person from Twitter that will be missed: Kelly G AKA: @AlbanyKelly is moving out of the Albany area.  We wish her well at her new job and hope to see her again soon!!

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: On April 19th my friend Maureen McCann is going to be running a marathon for Joints in Motion Arthritis Foundation in Boston, MA.  She is less than $600 from her $3,500 goal.  Please click this link and donate to help her reach her goal!!  Good luck with your training Maureen.  I know you can do it!!

Weekly Cookies: Dolce & Biscotti Fine Italian Bakery’s Italian Wedding Cake Cookies, Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies, Raspberry Drops and the Lemon Raspberry Shortbread cookies.  They’re all so yummy!!  Thank you to Mary & Donna for making up all the wonderful goodies that you do!  Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Breads…  Keep up the good work!  The wedding cakes on your Facebook page look great too!

Italian Wedding Cake Cookies

Italian Frosted Cutout Cookies

Raspberry Drops

Lemon Raspberry Shortbreads

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: How do you go about meeting new people?

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I know, I know, the U is missing....

A – Age: 32

B – Bed size: King

C – Chore you hate: I HATE them all equally!!
Well maybe I don’t hate cleaning the kitchen and laundry quite as much as the rest….

D – Dog’s name: Bella

E – Essential start to your day: Cuddle time with Isabella

F – Favorite Food: Duck and just about anything with mushrooms

G – Gold or Silver: Platinum

H – Height: 5′ 7″

I – Instruments you play(ed): Saxophone

K – Kids: Bella

L- Location you love: Italy

M – Mom’s name:  Helene

N – Nicknames: Honey, Dear, Mommy, Ribs, Goddess

O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: None!

P – Pet Peeve: Please refer to my Gripes Blog….

Q – Quote from a movie:  To Thine Own Self Be True – Hamlet

R – Robot or Human? I would like a robot that I can program to be the perfect human housekeeper

S – Siblings: 3 older brothers

T – Time you wake up: Whenever I wake up.  Lately it’s been around 6ish, tomorrow it could be noon though.

V- Vegetable you dislike: Most beans….

W – Ways you’ve met people: Match.com, in parking lots, on lines, online, Twitter, FB, MySpace….

X – X-rays you have had: teeth, hands

Y – Yummy food you make: Old Bay Shrimp, Pork Chops, Chicken & Mushrooms

Z – Zoo favorite: Giraffes, Penguins, Polar Bears, and OTTERS!!

What are your A-Z’s?

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Recipes?

Hi All,

Here’s a little tidbit in the life of Michael & Rose…  The thing we argue about the most is:
WHAT’S FOR DINNER??

Lately what’s for dinner has come up quite a bit in our circle of friends.
So it got me thinking…
If I were to create a page on Facebook for Recipes among friends, would you participate?
In the discussion board I was thinking I’d make topics such as

Chicken
Fish
Pork
Beef
Pasta
Lasagna’s (I know, it’s pasta, but I’ve read whole cookbooks full of lasagna recipes)
Cookies
Cakes
Other Desserts
Breakfast Items

Can you think of other headings?
I love to cook, and love to try recipes out, but usually there are so many hits on a google search for a recipe,
I don’t know where to begin.  I’d rather use a recipe that a friend recommends.

Thoughts?
What are some of your favorite meals?

Oh, and if you like motorcycles – check out Michael’s blog today….

And if you’d like to support the troops – check out Cassie’s blog No Day But Today ….

Edited: January 9, 2010
I started a recipe page over on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=rose%27s+recipe+group&init=quick#/group.php?gid=220117302705&ref=search&sid=504212547.2134295224..1

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